Limerick Live takes to Arthurs Quay Park

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LEADING Limerick rockers Windings headline a tasty looking gathering of bands in Arthurs Quay Park this Saturday, all coming together under the banner of the HMV-backed Limerick Live 2011 free outdoor music event.

LEADING Limerick rockers Windings headline a tasty looking gathering of bands in Arthurs Quay Park this Saturday, all coming together under the banner of the HMV-backed Limerick Live 2011 free outdoor music event.

The Park is the natural choice for the third staging of this popular outdoor event, the brainchild of HMV Cruises Street boss Chris Keena, who has gathered fellow Limerick acts Mark O’Connor and Ivan St John, along with Royseven, The Flaws, The Shoos, Na Fianna and the High Kings onto what looks like an eclectic and exciting line-up for the outdoor event.

Organised in association with Riverfest, Dolan’s, Live 95FM and the Limerick Chronicle, the Cruises Street Live events have gone from strength to strength to the point where Keena expects a major crowd to attend this Saturday’s event live in Arthurs Quay Park, which begins at 1.30pm.

“It is a little bit different, it is progressing all the time and that is the idea,” explained Chris recently.

“Cruises St Live was the first one that we did and there was about 150 people at it and it was a much bigger affair on Cruises Street Live for the October one last year, and hopefully now we will get a couple of thousand into this one, all things considered with the Great Limerick BBQ and the Munster match, there should be a big crowd around,” he added.

Windings will top the bill having just released brand new single “Embury Greenway” and will take to the stage around 6pm. Ballad group Na Fianna will open proceedings at 1.30pm, followed by The Shoos, The Flaws, Royseven, The High Kings, Ivan St John and Mark O’Connor and all will be available after for signing session.

Chris feels particularly strongly that Limerick acts be well represented on the bill.

“The reason for the event is to try and get people onto the street in Limerick, to give something back to the community from the shop, and to promote local musicians like Windings, Ivan St John and Mark O’Connor,” he explained.

“I think it is important that the lads should have a platform in the city centre, where they are from, and play to a crowd that they know, give them a big boost and get some sales on the back of that and get some profile.”

Limerick Live 2011 takes place this Saturday in Arthurs Quay Park from 1.30pm and admission is free.